Are you looking to take your handicap to the next level this year? Are you struggling to get distance on your drives? Are you struggling to hit the fairway consistently? Well here at WhatAllTheProsUse, we have handpicked you the best cutting-edge drivers on the market this year which are guaranteed to help you stay on the fairway more often than not.
Best Golf Drivers 2018
Also check out our guide for Best Golf Irons which is a fascinating review of some of the top irons in the market right now.
So lets dive straight in. Here are our picks for the best drivers on the market in 2018!
|Callaway GBB Epic||Jailbreak||Titanium Exo-Cage||Check Price|
|Cobra King F8||360 AEROTM||E9TM Face||Check Price|
|Taylormade M3 (Editors Choice)||Twist Face||Hammerhead Slot||Check Price|
|Callaway Rogue Pro||Jailbreak||Triaxial Carbon||Check Price|
|Ping G400||Dragonfly||Colour-Shift||Check Price|
|Cobra King F7||Adjustable Weight System||Multi Material||Check Price|
|Mizuno JPX 900 *SALE*||Fast Track||Cortech||Check Price|
|Ping G30||Turbulator||T9S Titanium||Check Price|
|TaylorMade M2||Geocoustic||9-1-1 Titanium||Check Price|
|Titlelist 917 D3||Radial Speed||SureFit CG||Check Price|
|Titlelist 917 D2||Active Recoil 2.0||SureFit CG||Check Price|
Callaway GBB Epic Driver
So with a name like an epic driver, there is a lot of expectations with this to live up to the bold description of the product. So taking a look at the technology first in this golf club, there is no doubt that Callaway have pulled out all the stops. The brand new piece of technology that the company is claiming has never ever been done before and wrapped up in so many copyrights is the Jailbreak technology. There are two bars connecting the top of the golf club and the bottom of the golf club. These sit directly behind the face and what they do is that on impact, there is a vibration that takes place which makes the top and the bottom weaker. So they have connected the top and the bottom of the golf club to counteract this. The technology is visible when you look from behind the driver where you can see almost two silver ends from the end of the bars.
They have then managed to strip some weight from the golf club and stick it with carbon as well as adding a gloss finish. The club also includes a moveable weight across the back to finish the product. The neck of the club is also adjustable while also offering draw and fade biased settings.
With Callaway, we have seen green before in their products with the Razor range which had a Hulk style green colour for its design. Across the top of the golf club, we noticed the shiny glossy finish as well as the Airflow speed steps which gives some framing to the middle of the face.
With the first few hits of the golf club, you notice the fantastic feel of the ball. Even when the ball was not struck at its optimum spot on the head, the golf club produced decent numbers on the board with incredible ball flight throughout the hits. The feel of the face is hard and you notice the hard hit off the golf club unlike other drivers tested in the past where you can feel the face give a little bit almost like a spring. In contrast, the face on this club felt solid on impact.
Overall, having tested the GBB Epic driver, there are no complaints whatsoever about the performance of the club and easily makes it our editors choice. The golf shots were straight, long and consistent with noticeably fast ball speed. It took a little while to get used to the firmness of the feel, but once you are used to the technology, it is exactly what you expect from a bold driver like this one.
Cobra King F8
Before almost every launch, Cobra visits public courses and asks players to test their new product against what’s in the player’s bag. They don’t always share the results, but this time around they did. With the F8, players saw a gain of at least four yards on sixty-nine of seventy-two drives. Seventy percent of those wins came with stock shafts.
Cobra went to great lengths to make a driver that doesn’t punish off-center hits, and they’ve succeeded. The “Duel Roll” technology and larger sweet spot, on the F8s, work to send heel or toe mishits, and high or low mishits, noticeably straight with good launch. Players of every level found, both the F8 and F8+, exceptionally forgiving.
Both the traditional shape and high face of the F8+, and the long profile and shallower face of the F8, provide confidence at address. The carbon fiber tail and polymer trips that make up the “360˚ Aero feature”, give it a slightly “busy” look. But, the contrast, between the grey crown and black face, make visual alignment an easy task.
For the F8, Cobra dropped the front position weight featured on the F7 and moved the two remaining CG weight ports to new positions in the back and heel of the club. They found that only ten percent of F7 owners were taking advantage of the front post, and just five percent were placing the heavier weight in the heel. For the F8+, Cobra used a front/back weighting system reminiscent of the Fly-Z+. Also new for this latest offering, Cobra replaced the usual bright crown colors with the light-black Nardo Gray.
Cobra developed the F8 with the majority of golfers (mid to high handicappers) in mind. They optimized the club-head’s shape, the adjustable loft settings, and the CG weight locations, to reduce spin, increase loft, and maximize distance and forgiveness, for the average player. Scratch golfers and professionals, however, will prefer the workability, higher spin, and more penetrating trajectory, of the F8+.
Overall, the true beauty with the F8 is not it’s visual appeal but more to do with the performance of the club. If you are struggling to find the fairway, the accuracy offered by this driver is superior in comparison to some of the premium clubs launched in 2017. Therefore taking into account the price tag, this is phenomenal value for money.
TaylorMade M3 Driver
TaylorMade seems to be unleashing a new driver every few months. And not just any driver, each new driver seems like a weapon of mass destruction compared to the last. In the highly competitive world of golf equipment making, if judged on effort alone, TaylorMade would win “hands down” every year.
Armed with test data, from over one-hundred-thousand tee shots, involving players of all skill levels, TaylorMade hopes to break the “slow and steady” trend with this year’s release of the M3 driver.
Most drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids have a consistent curvature from crown to sole (roll), and from heel to toe (bulge). TaylorMade developed a unique multi-curved face design they call “Twist Face.” In theory, bulge and roll help lessen the negative effects of off-center hits. Swing machine data proved bulge and roll worked, at least for the swing machine. But TaylorMade decided to study actual players and found that the curvature they’d been using wasn’t doing what it should be doing.
In 2013 TaylorMade introduced the Speed Pocket to its line of drivers. The speed pocket is a cavity that runs along the sole of the club behind the face. It provides more flex on face to ball contact. It also moves the center of gravity (CG) closer to the face. This combination reduces spin and increases ball speed, and yields more distance. “Hammerhead” technology improves on this concept. It takes the single face-length speed pocket and breaks it into three individual sections. Engineers found that by doing this, they were able almost to double the size of the club’s sweet spot, improve ball speed, and most importantly, increase forgiveness.
For CG weighting, the new M3 features two 11 gram weights set in a continuous “Y” shaped track along the sole of the club. The weights can be placed in any configuration along the track to create seemingly endless combinations of spin, fade, and draw. With the weights in the most forward position (at the bottom of the letter “Y”), for example, shots will launch relatively high with consistently low spin.
After years of slow and steady improvements, it appears that TaylorMade may have just forever changed the “face” of the game, or at the very least, the face of the club, with the bold new design called “Twist Face.” Anyone will benefit from adding this driver to their bag and althought it may take some extra time to find their best set up, there is no doubt this offers the highest level of technology out on the market right now.
Callaway Rogue Pro
After the release of last year’s Great Big Bertha Epic, Callaway Golf finds itself in a little bit of a pickle. How do they top what many consider the best driver ever produced?
Thanks to a little more distance, somewhat more forgiveness, and a noticeably more solid sound and feel, this year’s Rogue may very well claim the throne from the seemingly unbeatable Epic.
The Jailbreak effect in Rogue drivers helps promote faster ball speed from a relatively large area of the club face. Golfers attain long distance, more often, from both on and off-center contact. Callaway’s Jailbreak technology features two internal bars which stiffen the body by joining the crown and sole. The stiffer body allows improved energy transfer to the face which, in turn, transfers more energy to the ball and provides exceptional distance.
Compared to the Rogue Sub Zero model or last year’s GBB Epic, the Rouge looks noticeably longer from front to back and sounded solid on impact, possibly even a little better than the Epic. Even with the large head, all felt light and easy to swing.
The Rogue also produced some impressive ball speed and carry distance with the loft set at ten degrees, although launch angles seemed a touch high on some shots.
With the tremendous success of the GBB Epic last year, adding another top of the line driver for 2018 almost doesn’t make sense for Callaway. The Rogue does, however, offer enough improved performance to stand on its own.
Compared to the Epic, It plays just as long, a little more forgiving, and sounds and feels more powerful on contact. The Rouge may not be enough to motivate Epic owners to spring for a new driver again this year but, it certainly could make them just a little bit jealous.
First thing you noticed with these Ping drivers is
the incredible new look. The company has always been known for producing high quality golf clubs and with the recent changing of guards where the John Solheim, the grandson of the Ping founder, recently becoming president, it is already becoming evident of the innovative engineering approach represented by the company.
Across the top of the head, we have the turbulator across the top which help reduce air flow but in the difference between the G and the G400 is that the fins are now thicker but not as long in the new design giving it a more pronounced meaty look. You also noticed the dragonfly technology across the back of the club along with a new dimpling edge which helps with the air flow across the top of the head. The head is a smaller size, 445cc compared to the 460cc with the previous G driver which again helps reduce that airflow. While a lot of golfers may think that the club is not as forgiving but what Ping are saying is that they are going to back it up with more weight back and as low as possible. They are claiming that this driver has the furthest back center of gravity of any driver on the market. This is done using a tungsten and high density copper weight, right at the back of the golf club.
Taking a few hits with this driver, the first thing you notice is the different noise from the gold club relatively to other ping drivers. They are usually very loud with a lot of ping but this does not seem like that which the company has purposefully done on the internal aspects of the head to soften the sound. The club face with this one is a forged face which they claim is 16% thinner. This gives more maximum ball speed and this subtle difference is demonstrated in the extra little bit of distance on the shots. You do notice the club feels fast through the swing with it being slightly smaller and all of its little features of reducing airflow.
Overall, in our opinion, the club looks so smart, almost stealthy looking with its aerodynamic features. In the hands, it feels like a controlled golf club but yet it has got a bit of meat behind it. The club has a lot of things going for it including the forged face, dragonfly turbulators, dimple edges and vortexes. There is no doubt that this is going to be a popular driver.
Cobra King F7 Driver
So as you can imagine, the F7 is an upgrade from the F6 and there is a wide range of finishes available including a black and a silver option. The club has a massive 460cc sized head with a front-to-back deeper face and top-to-bottom slightly shallower. In regards to the head design, there are three weight ports in the bottom which includes a 12g weight and two 2g weights. Depending on where you put that heavier weight controls how this driver reacts. So if you put the heavy weight at the back, it will be in the most forgiving setting and the head does not twist as much on impact but is the most spin on the ball. If you move that weight to the front of the head, this produces a lower ball flight with less spin on the ball but lose some forgiveness. You also notice the draw portal on the head which when this option is selected by the weight, it will hopefully eliminate those shots that leak off to the right if you are a right handed.
Now what really makes this club stand out for us is something that no other Golf brand has done before. They have got a little tracking system in the top of the club and it is actually powered by Arccos technology which uses an app on your phone to track the distance of your shots.
Now typically with Cobra driver, our experience is that the best performance come much higher on the face. Having had a few hits with the weight in the most forgiving setting, the distances were not the longest as expected. But the driver did feel good in the hands and the head looks absolutely huge when you set the club behind the ball with the dead simple cobra graphic on the top.
When the weight was moved forward, as expected on the hits, you see less spin rate and lower ball flight which equates to greater distance on the golf ball (on average about 10 yards).
Overall, this is a great driver and the head performs as it should. The weight ports have made it much simpler compared to older models, you either chose low spin low launch or high spin high launch. Along with the new tracking system, this makes a great overall product sure to be an asset to any golfer on the tour.
Mizuno JPX 900 Driver
The first think you notice looking down at the club is the matte blue finish to the head with a black face along with a very subtle black rim between the face and the head which we loved. This driver has been influenced by the tour players as they want more ball speed from off-centered hits. So this club is designed to offer more ball speed off the face of the club. You also notice the quick adjustability in the neck of the club which lets you take the loft from seven and a half degrees all the way to eleven and a half degrees which is a huge range of movement.
So now lets talk about the bottom of the head which to be honest, has a very complicated weight system with so much going on. It has a complex assortment of the fade and draw ports as well as two sets of weights. A larger weight exists on a separate port and can be set in open, neutral or closed for the head to sit differently. For an average golfer, this would be too much and a club fitter is highly recommended to make sure it fits with your game.
TaylorMade M2 Driver
From the bottom it looks unbelievably different to the original M2 but from the top, we see a lot of similarities. Lets start with the bottom first.
The first thing you notice the is the great futuristic design observed with this golf driver which gives the club some real good character. A lot of weight has been stripped off the toe of the club leaving a lump underneath the head. An added feature is this word they are using called the Geocoustic which is a mix between geometry and acoustics stuck together. The idea behind this is this should enhance the sound of the driver, it should be louder and better during impact. It has still got the slot behind the face to help off-centered hits. The biggest standout feature with this club is the color scheme which has moved away from the golf color scheme it has gone with what they are calling kinetic green.
The weight is back and the head size is absolutely gigantic from the top because they are still using the carbon/ white border on top which in our opinion is a very cool look.
When taking a few hits with the club, there’s a thunderous sound, higher pitched than the M1 on impact with the ball. One thing that we did notice is that when you hit the ball above the center line of these drivers, the spin rate just drops dramatically and the ball travels further.
Titleist 917 D3 Driver
Very similar technology to the D2 but different head shape. With the new technology we have got Surefit CG which is the weight system that goes in the back and is angled in a position where if you put a draw weight in there or a fade weight or there is a neutral weight, it will help customized the ball flight of your strike. Moveable weights are of course nothing new, but the challenge is always how to add in this feature without the necessary infrastructure taking up too much weight that could be put to better use elsewhere.
The active recoil channel is slightly deeper and thicker in comparison to the D2 which is now being called the Recoil 2.0. This technology balances the flex acting on the club once it strikes the ball, evening it out across the face and entire body of the driver. It also contributes to making the driver more forgiving while reducing the rate of spinning.
Having taken a few hits with the club, you notice that having the weight in the toe reduces the spin rate further because the center of gravity moves further forward towards the face.
With Titleist, they only tend to bring out drivers every two years and therefore when they bring out some technology it is quite a bit different. With this driver, you get the feeling that they have done that, potentially something that has not been done before especially with the way the weight system has been integrated with this driver.
Titleist 917 D2 Driver
- Larger head of 460cc as compared to the Titleist D3.
- Available in lofts of various lengths: 8.5”, 10.5” and 12.”
- Works well with the standard 45” length shaft.
- Uses the Surefit CG weighting system for ball flight management.
- Available for both left-handed and right-handed players.
- Active Recoil Channel 2.0 available that is much deeper than for earlier versions.
- Can achieve an overall carry of 274 yards for a total of 294 yards.
- An average spin rate of 2240rpm. Spin rate expected to go down with the reduction in the size of the driver’s head.